Friday March 20 2020
Toni: 'Gabriel Jesus perfect partner for CR7'

Former Juventus forward Luca Toni has suggested the Old Lady should try to get Gabriel Jesus and has claimed Gonzalo Higuain remains “one of the best”.

World Cup winner and former Bayern, Roma and Fiorentina forward Toni has claimed that the Old Lady should look to Manchester City in the search of a new partner for Cristiano Ronaldo up front.

Despite entering the discussion regarding Higuain’s position at the Allianz Stadium, the former Capocannoniere has claimed that the Argentine 32-year-old still contributes for the League leaders.

“Higuain remains one of the best of his trade,” Toni told Tuttosport. “Although, compared to his time at Napoli, he has changed.

“He scores less, but he also contributes more for the team.”

Harry Kane has been linked with the Bianconeri and Toni admires the England international.

“He’s a true centre forward, who fills the area like few others. He is technical, a good team player and above all, he’s lethal inside the last few metres,” he said. “He scores a lot. And by being only 26 years old, he still has room for improvement.”

Inter loanee Mauro Icardi seems set to leave Paris Saint-Germain after the current campaign and the Old Lady have of course been linked with the Argentine.

“He’s a bit behind. If Kane is a nine, Icardi is eight,” he said. “The PSG striker has the same age as the Englishman and is a great finisher too, but he is less complete right now. He must improve his team game.

“Having said that, the experience of sharing an attack with stars like Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe will certainly have improved Icardi.”

Toni pointed to Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City in the Premier League and discusses the quality of Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old Erling Braut Haaland, as well as RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

“Gabriel Jesus is an eight and a half, Haaland from seven and a half, Werner seven,” he claimed. “It’s true that the latter is a Germany international and is the revelation of Leipzig who advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“But he has a lot to demonstrate compared to a Kane or Icardi. Haaland is a very strong player born in 2000, he has had a great impact on Europe and continues to score a lot of goals for Borussia Dortmund, just like he did at RB Salzburg.

“But for a young man, it’s not important to know how good he is now, but rather the progress he will make over the next three years. If he grows at this rate, we will see a great centre-forward.”

And Toni is set on Gabriel Jesus as the perfect partner for Ronaldo at the Allianz Stadium.

“Gabriel Jesus is fast, technical, provides assists. Of these strikers mentioned, the Brazilian from Manchester City is the least striker, however…

“But he would be the most suitable to play with Cristiano Ronaldo because CR7 is not a pure centre forward, but he is the one who scores the most and must score the most goals.

“A striker that’s too much a striker, like Kane, who I think is the best of the players under 30, is not necessarily a wonderful match for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I see Gabriel Jesus as much better. He scores at City but also makes a lot of assists, opens space for his teammates, presses and he is only 22 years old.”

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